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Gentle waves of fog move in and around the pines of Yosemite Valley as the stars rose above the park on a dreamy winter night. This image is done in an opposite manner from my last image which was an effort to capture the light from cars as they passed through the fog lighting it like a river of molten fire. This one was much easier using just two shots to remove the light from cars. Though much later than my previous shot, the snow on Half Dome and El Capitan still shone brightly in the lingering alpine glow that just touched the clouds with a kiss of pinks. Bridalveil Fall seemed to glow against the dark granite cliff of Cathedral Rocks.

© Darvin Atkeson
Yosemite Landscapes
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Tags:   California Yosemite National Park Half Dome El Capitan Bridal Veil Forest Sierra Nevada Mountains Clouds Rest Valley Canyon Glacier Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

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Flowing through Yosemite Valley like a river of molten fire the light from cars illuminate the fog as it drifts through the valley following the general winding of the Merced River. Bridalveil flows down the canon wall as El Capitan and Half Dome catch the last bit of alpine glow. The image took about 8 minutes to capture and was done in just under 40 shots. Then carefully blending the headlights and taillights from a dozen or so cars that happened along as I was shooting. It was a magical night under the stars.

© Darvin Atkeson
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Tags:   California Car Lights Fog Illuminated Glow Tail Head Yosemite National Park Half Dome El Capitan Bridal Veil Forest Sierra Nevada Mountains Clouds Rest Valley Canyon Glacier Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com Night Long Exposure Landscape Landscapes National Park Winter Snow Stars Starlight

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El Capitan shines down from the heavens and spreads its light across Yosemite Valley reflecting like a beacon to a ship far at sea. It touches your soul and guides you long after the sun has set.

© Darvin Atkeson
Yosemite Landscapes
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They rise high above Yosemite Valley and reflect in the still Merced River. The massive granite monoliths are not just named for the three dominate peaks of granite but rather for the three sons of Chief Tenaya. A fitting name if ever there was one. The red hues caused by smoke from the California wildfires to the West.

© Darvin Atkeson
Yosemite Landscapes
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Slipping into Yosemite Valley you are greeted by an incredible vista but it’s easy to miss these spires as you drive by and move deeper into the dense forest. If you know where to stop, a small unmarked trail takes you down to the river’s edge. Looking East you see the Three Brothers, and looking North El Capitan looms over you like a sleeping giant. But if you glance down the Merced to the West, you see these glorious spires reaching high into the sky. You probably saw them from the other side where they slope upward above Bridalveil Fall. The reflections are so crisp it’s hard to believe this is a flowing river and a raging torrent in the Spring. My toe accidentally touched the river’s edge sending rings traveling out endlessly as I waited somewhat impatiently for them to recede.

© Darvin Atkeson
Yosemite Landscapes
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